Buyers Guide: Fuji Altamira
If you were looking for the oldest bike brands, it might surprise you to know that Fuji would be among them. Fuji Bicycles has been helping riders conquer their mountains since 1899, and to this day they’ve continued to develop some of the most cutting-edge bikes on the market. The Fuji stable of products is enormous, with everything from high-end road bikes, to race-winning mountain bikes, cruisers, comfort bikes and everything in between. Obviously that's too much to deal with in a single article, so in this series we'll break down Fuji's road line up to help you decide which machine is right for you.
If you’re a rider who pushes yourself and your equipment to the edge and demands the very best in performance, then the Fuji Altamira is the bike you’ve been dreaming of.
The Altamira is Fuji’s flagship road model, and is designed with the racer or serious enthusiast in mind. In 2011 Juan Cobo won the Vuelta a Espana aboard an Altamira, and for the last two years the German-based NetApp team has been riding them in races from the Tour of California to Paris-Roubaix.
Every model of the Altamira features a full carbon fiber frame and fork, making this a lightweight, stiff and fast bike. The Altamira is generally considered an all-around race bike, and was created for long, fast days in the saddle. It can climb with the best of them, but still feels right at home in the bunch sprint. The geometry is more aggressive than the Gran Fondo, but doesn’t sacrifice comfort in the name of speed. Make no mistake though, these are pure, unadulterated race bikes.
There are several different models of the Altamira to choose from, depending on your preferences, riding level, and budget. Fuji usually numbers their models beginning at either 1.0 or 1.1. The lower the number, the higher-end the bike. LE denotes a Limited Edition bike-- usually the result of a collaboration between Fuji and Performance Bicycles. SL stands for Super Light, the lightest bike in Fuji's line-up for that particular year.
- Altamira 2.0 LE: The Fuji Altamira 2.0LE is a race-ready bike that features a C5 carbon fiber weave frame, full carbon fiber fork and Shimano Ultegra components to deliver one of the best values in high performance out there.
- Altamira 3.0 LE: This superb bike is the result of a collaboration between Fuji and Performance Bicycle. It features a high tech C4 carbon fiber weave frame, carbon fiber fork, pressfit bottom bracket and Shimano’s 105 components.
- Altamira SL: This is a pro-level, specialized climbing bike that shaves every possible gram to get you up the hills faster. The high compaction molded C15 carbon fiber frame, 10-speed SRAM Red group and carbon tubular wheels help this bike come in at a feathery 13.8 lbs.
- Altamira 1.1: This pro-level bike pulls out all the stops in the name of speed and performance. Shimano Dura-Ace 9070 Di2 electronic shifting, high compaction C15 carbon fiber frame, deep dish carbon wheels and carbon fiber components put this bike in a league of its own.
- Altamira 1.3: This is a bike that was designed to win races. It sports features like a high compaction C15 carbon fiber frame, BB86 pressfit bottom bracket and Shimano’s superlative Dura-Ace 9000 mechanical group to put you on the podium when the chips are down.
- Altamira 2.1: This bike combines tradition and cutting edge technology into one package with Campagnolo’s amazing Athena EPS electronic 11-speed gruppo. Combined with a full carbon fiber frame and fork and BB86 pressfit bottom bracket, this is a bike that is a pure joy to ride.
- Altamira 2.2C: This bike delivers the latest in advanced technology with Shimano’s Ultegra Di2 10-speed electronic drivetrain, C5 woven carbon fiber frame, and a tapered head tube.
- Altamira 2.5: The Altamira 2.5 features Shimano 105 components, C5 woven carbon fiber frame and pressfit bottom bracket for riders ready to graduate to a new level of riding.
For more information about Fuji's other road bikes, click on the links below.
- If you love pure, unadulterated speed, check out the Fuji SST.
- Like to go fast, but without sacrificing comfort? Then read up on the Fuji Gran Fondo.
- Looking to race on a budget, or just getting into road riding? The Fuji Roubaix is an excellent choice.
- More interested in staying in shape and having fun? Check out the Fuji Sportif.
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